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Cast onto the waters by his power-hungry brother Antonio, Prospero, the Duke of Milan, has been living on a distant island for a dozen years along with his daughter Miranda. In his years of banishment, Prospero has developed strong magical powers — powers that not only allow him to deduce that Antonio is on a nearby ship, but to cause the ship to run aground. At long last, Cast onto the waters by his power-hungry brother Antonio, Prospero, the Duke of Milan, has been living on a distant island for a dozen years along with his daughter Miranda. In his years of banishment, Prospero has developed strong magical powers — powers that not only allow him to deduce that Antonio is on a nearby ship, but to cause the ship to run aground. At long last, Prospero has a chance to get revenge on those who have wronged him. But, will he also ruin Miranda’s chance for happiness? The Tempest is considered by many critics to be Shakespeare’s crowning glory. This full-color graphic novel presents the sparkling romantic comedy just as Shakespeare intended: in its original and unabridged format, and in its original setting. As with the other titles in this well-received series, it encourages readers to discover classical literature while staying true to Shakespeare’s vision. Also available are a Plain Text version, translated into modern U.S. English, and a Quick Text version, with less dialogue for a fast-paced read.


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Cast onto the waters by his power-hungry brother Antonio, Prospero, the Duke of Milan, has been living on a distant island for a dozen years along with his daughter Miranda. In his years of banishment, Prospero has developed strong magical powers — powers that not only allow him to deduce that Antonio is on a nearby ship, but to cause the ship to run aground. At long last, Cast onto the waters by his power-hungry brother Antonio, Prospero, the Duke of Milan, has been living on a distant island for a dozen years along with his daughter Miranda. In his years of banishment, Prospero has developed strong magical powers — powers that not only allow him to deduce that Antonio is on a nearby ship, but to cause the ship to run aground. At long last, Prospero has a chance to get revenge on those who have wronged him. But, will he also ruin Miranda’s chance for happiness? The Tempest is considered by many critics to be Shakespeare’s crowning glory. This full-color graphic novel presents the sparkling romantic comedy just as Shakespeare intended: in its original and unabridged format, and in its original setting. As with the other titles in this well-received series, it encourages readers to discover classical literature while staying true to Shakespeare’s vision. Also available are a Plain Text version, translated into modern U.S. English, and a Quick Text version, with less dialogue for a fast-paced read.

30 review for The Tempest Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I read the "original text" version of the novel, which incorporates Shakespeare's actual language. The combination of the pictures and the text makes this highly readable and understandable.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    A very useful addition to the many books making Shakespeare more accessible to young readers. My boys still couldn't follow the language (they are 11 and 8), but they both independently tried it because they will read just about anything if it comes in graphic novel form.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    One of my chemistry professors told me that a person could not be considered educated unless they knew something about the plays of Shakespeare. I agree with that position and support that education by any tactic that can be used. This graphic novel provides another avenue where educators can introduce what was Shakespeare’s final play by solo authorship and one of his best. It is also considered to be his only work that was completely original The images are all in vivid color with great detail One of my chemistry professors told me that a person could not be considered educated unless they knew something about the plays of Shakespeare. I agree with that position and support that education by any tactic that can be used. This graphic novel provides another avenue where educators can introduce what was Shakespeare’s final play by solo authorship and one of his best. It is also considered to be his only work that was completely original The images are all in vivid color with great detail and the text appears in standard dialog balloons. Readers are given an effective context for the dialog, which is of course pure Shakespearean. I would encourage English teachers to consider using copies of this book as texts for their classes on Shakespeare. For it is far superior to the stale pamphlets that is the normal fare.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Sexton

    The complete text of the play with Shakespeare's own words was used. The illustrations portrayed a justifiable interpretation of the play. It was fun to see what the illustrator made of Shakespeare's words.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    (+) edition quality, explanation about the play and background (-) boring plot, difficult to understand text

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Davidson

    Shakespeare's The Tempest is set in a genre for young people - the graphic novel.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Polly

    This graphic novel series by Classical Comics has original Shakespeare plays in three formats: original text, plain text or quick text. I read the original text, but thought I must have been reading the plain text until I checked-- so it's not too hard of a read for young adults. The stunning format forced a new realization in my understanding of Shakespeare. This play is fantasy-science fiction, if there ever was an example of the genre. I read this book to help me "picture" if there were any s This graphic novel series by Classical Comics has original Shakespeare plays in three formats: original text, plain text or quick text. I read the original text, but thought I must have been reading the plain text until I checked-- so it's not too hard of a read for young adults. The stunning format forced a new realization in my understanding of Shakespeare. This play is fantasy-science fiction, if there ever was an example of the genre. I read this book to help me "picture" if there were any sea monsters in this book. Caliban is illustrated as a swamp-thing creature. I always understood this play was meant to contrast a human, native Caliban with the savage acts of the rest of the "civilized" characters. In this illustrated version, yes I did read the text too, he is just a monster that can speak. He doesn't draw any sympathy. I am pro graphic novels for reaching people on their level-- arguably, even a higher one. However, as an artist I did have some disagreements about style and pacing with this illustrator, especially how he designed the characters. As for color, style and action. It's awesome. I reccomend this series and I hope to read them all. Oh, and I really wish I could make graphic novels too. Hoping to work up to it. I got some great tips from Gene Yang about what to read as I start. I'll post them on goodreads.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    This was a great rendition of Shakespeare's Tempest. I have a difficult time understanding Shakespeare, unless I am in an English class and there is a teacher to explain what is occurring and why. My version of this graphic novel contained the original text from the play, but a modern text, and quick text versions are also available. The play was introduced with a visual cast of characters, and the graphics were outstanding. The graphics brought the play to life and I can see that that this rend This was a great rendition of Shakespeare's Tempest. I have a difficult time understanding Shakespeare, unless I am in an English class and there is a teacher to explain what is occurring and why. My version of this graphic novel contained the original text from the play, but a modern text, and quick text versions are also available. The play was introduced with a visual cast of characters, and the graphics were outstanding. The graphics brought the play to life and I can see that that this rendition would appeal to students as well as teachers. The graphic novel also contained a couple of additional features, a short biography of Shakespeare and a survey of the houses where he lived. It also contained an explanation of some of the concepts the Tempest used. The idea of settling a new land was quite a popular idea in Shakespeare's time, when England was trying to set up colonies in the new world. It also explained how one of Queen Elizabeth's men was the inspiration behind Prospero. I know this version would motivate non-Shakespeare readers to give it a try, because my husband only reads graphic novels and I had to retrieve it from his nightstand when it was time to read it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I love Shakespeare, but The Tempest is not one of my favorites. I appreciate that it is considered one of his best plays because unlike his other works The Tempest is an original story, but I just don't connect to it. That being said, I really like this graphic novel version. The illustrations are beautiful, with vibrant colors and great action panels that help keep the reader connected to the plot. Classical Comics produces three versions of the play, original text, plain text, and quick text. I love Shakespeare, but The Tempest is not one of my favorites. I appreciate that it is considered one of his best plays because unlike his other works The Tempest is an original story, but I just don't connect to it. That being said, I really like this graphic novel version. The illustrations are beautiful, with vibrant colors and great action panels that help keep the reader connected to the plot. Classical Comics produces three versions of the play, original text, plain text, and quick text. I read the original text version, but the book had examples of each version. The plain text translates Shakespeare's words to modern language, while the quick text version conveys the meaning while more closely fitting the comic/graphic novel archetype of less text. The book also includes background information on Shakespeare, the Shakespeare Trust, The Tempest and The Globe Theatre, as well as a step-by-step guide to the process of turning the play into a graphic novel. Teaching resource packs can also be purchased from Classical Comics. I think it would be a great teaching tool.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Owlboyle

    Cast onto the waters by his power-hungry brother Antonio, Prospero, the Duke of Milan, has been living on a distant island for a dozen years along with his daughter Miranda. In his years of banishment, Prospero has developed strong magical powers 14 powers that not only allow him to deduce that Antonio is on a nearby ship, but to cause the ship to run aground. At long last, Prospero has a chance to get revenge on those who have wronged him. But, will he also ruin Miranda 19s chance for happiness Cast onto the waters by his power-hungry brother Antonio, Prospero, the Duke of Milan, has been living on a distant island for a dozen years along with his daughter Miranda. In his years of banishment, Prospero has developed strong magical powers 14 powers that not only allow him to deduce that Antonio is on a nearby ship, but to cause the ship to run aground. At long last, Prospero has a chance to get revenge on those who have wronged him. But, will he also ruin Miranda 19s chance for happiness? The Tempest is considered by many critics to be Shakespeare 19s crowning glory. This full-color graphic novel presents the sparkling romantic comedy just as Shakespeare intended: in its original and unabridged format, and in its original setting. As with the other titles in this well-received series, it encourages readers to discover classical literature while staying true to Shakespeare 19s vision. Also available are the Original Text version, with the Bard's unabridged work, and a Quick Text version, with less dialogue for a fast-paced read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    The Tempest as a graphic novel was incredibly helpful with context in dialect. It made who was talking to who much clearer than I found in a script. This made the reading smoother. I thought that some of the character depictions (their appearance, I mean) were a little odd, but it was still fun. I would recommend this especially to people who have trouble understanding Shakespeare's in script form. I like the story itself because it is such an original classic. When I skimmed a Cliff Notes on it The Tempest as a graphic novel was incredibly helpful with context in dialect. It made who was talking to who much clearer than I found in a script. This made the reading smoother. I thought that some of the character depictions (their appearance, I mean) were a little odd, but it was still fun. I would recommend this especially to people who have trouble understanding Shakespeare's in script form. I like the story itself because it is such an original classic. When I skimmed a Cliff Notes on it, I thought, "This is Shakespeare?" I guess it didn't seem like something of his because I didn't expect this kind of story in a classic. I can't really place what kind of play it is: drama, comedy, revenge, romance, sorcery...... I think this is part of what gives it its charm.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Angel Parrish

    Saved $14 because I Snagged @ the Library! I give the graphic novel 5 stars, I give the Shakespeare play only 3--so I compromised and gave this book a 4. No doubt I would NOT have appreciated or enjoyed this play nearly as well without the illustrations to help me understand what was going on and give me some perspective. Because of the comedic factor of many scenes, the illustrators made the comedy come through especially well, completing the buffoonery that is no doubt present in a true Shakesp Saved $14 because I Snagged @ the Library! I give the graphic novel 5 stars, I give the Shakespeare play only 3--so I compromised and gave this book a 4. No doubt I would NOT have appreciated or enjoyed this play nearly as well without the illustrations to help me understand what was going on and give me some perspective. Because of the comedic factor of many scenes, the illustrators made the comedy come through especially well, completing the buffoonery that is no doubt present in a true Shakespearean treatment. This is a great way to read an appreciate Shakespeare in the original text. I recommend it for as many titles as you can find.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mike Jensen

    This is the quick text edition of THE TEMPEST graphic novel from Classical Comics. This means that the dialog is updated to modern English and thinned out to tell the story simply. The problem is that Shakespeare elegant verbosity kept the verbal responses of other characters from seeming inappropriately abrupt. Here the responses seem inappropriately abrupt on about every other page. Add to this that some of the original language is nearly as clear as the updated language and it becomes obvious This is the quick text edition of THE TEMPEST graphic novel from Classical Comics. This means that the dialog is updated to modern English and thinned out to tell the story simply. The problem is that Shakespeare elegant verbosity kept the verbal responses of other characters from seeming inappropriately abrupt. Here the responses seem inappropriately abrupt on about every other page. Add to this that some of the original language is nearly as clear as the updated language and it becomes obvious that rewriter John McDonald was on a mission to leave no line unchanged. I am completely open to adapting Shakespeare into other mediums, but this is a good example of how not to do it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    EvabutcallmeAva

    The art style was really cool, very colourful and neat. Never read the play before and I thought "why don't try with the graphic novel?" Because it doesn't make the Shakespearean's English easier to read, you dumb ass, that's why!!! Sorry, I was scolding myself. Anyway...Yeah, since English is not my first language, and especially early modern English such Shakespeare's one, this graphic novel was quite difficult for me to read. I will one day read all Shakespeare works but I will have to study a The art style was really cool, very colourful and neat. Never read the play before and I thought "why don't try with the graphic novel?" Because it doesn't make the Shakespearean's English easier to read, you dumb ass, that's why!!! Sorry, I was scolding myself. Anyway...Yeah, since English is not my first language, and especially early modern English such Shakespeare's one, this graphic novel was quite difficult for me to read. I will one day read all Shakespeare works but I will have to study and translate probably most of the world and I wasn't going to do it for the graphic novel, so...Yeah, but that's me, I'm sure many others will enjoy it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The Tempest is certainly not one of Shakespeare's more complex plots but it has its charms (including sprites and goddesses). I enjoyed reading this as a graphic novel even though that genre is pretty new to me. The illustrations certainly brought the text to life more than a standard script - it felt one step closer to seeing it on stage as it was intended to be experienced.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stevie Carroll

    A brightly coloured and historically costumed telling of Shakespeare's great story of love and shipwrecks. The various spirits speaking their lines in coloured text with coloured outlines to their speech bubbles was a nice touch.

  17. 4 out of 5

    David

    This is a really cool idea. I looked at the "original" version, not the "plain English" or "condensed." The illustrations are pretty solid, And, thought the verse lines a slightly off kilter, it didn't phase me as much as a non-Philistine.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Scott Whitney

    The pictures definitely make this story easier to understand. The language in this version also make it easier to understand. I just really like the language of Shakespeare, and that is what is missing in this version of the story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    idk

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cody

    Very watered down dialogue, but that's what it's all about when it's meant to be all ages. A noble effort making Shakespeare accessible.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    I like the unusual plot and how the characters were separated, but I didn't like most of the stereotypical characters. I did not feel much for the characters from start to end.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mike Jensen

    I'm contributing to a book in which I write about this series. I would not be fair to the editors and the publisher to comment here.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rupesh Nathe

    its my first time reading a shakespeare's book

  24. 5 out of 5

    Beth Nieman

    This is awesome. Great play, great illustrations! Kids taking Shakespeare in school would definitely enjoy seeing this classic play in a comic format.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mohamad Moamen

  26. 4 out of 5

    Vickie Lawrence

  27. 4 out of 5

    Steve Center

  28. 5 out of 5

    James Joughin

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bosco Burns

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carlos Vallarino

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